Dressage Horse of the Year
Wendi Williamson and Don Amour MH have won their first Dressage Horse of the Year today in Hastings.
Riding her New Zealand bred 11-year-old Hanoverian, the pair had to contend with a technical hitch in the GJ Gardner CDI FEI Grand Prix Freestyle which resulted in her music not playing for about two minutes. She still scored 74.45%. “It is very difficult to ride a musical without music,” she laughed. “That’s obvious but you do ride to the rhythm in the music and it does lift your performance.”
Wendi was also very impressed by the number of people who flocked to see the final competition. “There was no standing room, the place was packed and that makes it very exciting for us. My horse is usually very spooky, but he was really good, he coped really well.”
The next major competition for the pair is the Sydney CDI in May and then she will continue light training throughout the winter, to keep building the horse up.